Lives and works in Zofingen (since 2015) and Bern (since 2008)

Current Works

“Wurzeln”, Solo CD production in progress (2017)

Trio ab3ad, Second album in progress (2017)

Time for Change, Music Theatre, Bern (2017)

Sit so guet s.v.p. – Das Musical, Bern (2017)

Out of Cage, Music Theatre, Tour in Switzerland and Egypt, (2016–2017)

Ma'at Ra', Music, Cairo (2016)

Residencies/Awards

Composition contribution prize from Aargauer Kuratorium for Oratorio “Hypatia” (2016)

Finalist by Bern Musikfestival competition for the composition “Fluchtwege” (2011)

Pro Helvetia studio residency, Schlachthaus, Bern (2008)

Global Interplay Project with “Musik der Jahrhunderte”, various residencies and seminars in Accra, Shanghai, Berlin, New York and Stuttgart (2006)

Invitation and composition premiere by ISCM World Music Festival, Stuttgart (2006)

First prize for best composition and arrangement, Al-Dar Al Baidaa Song Festival, Casablanca (2002)

Second prize for best song, Children Songs Festival, Amman (2002)

Appreciation Certificate, Arabic Music Festival, Bahrain (2001)

Profession

Artist (since age 7)

First Works

Arabic singing solist, Opera House, Cairo (1991–2008)

Several features in TV series, Radio and Television Union, Cairo (1986–1991)

“Ali Baba, kahramana, thanks”, Theatre, National Theatre for Children, Cairo (1985)

“Yes and no (na’am we la)”, Operetta, National Theatre for Children, Cairo (1983–1984)

Education/Background

CVT Singer Course, Complete Vocal Institute, Copenhagen/Zurich (2016)

Certificate of Advanced Studies: Creative Management, Hochschule der Künste, Bern (2014)

Master’s degree in Music: Composition for Musical Theatre and Research in Arts, Hochschule der Künste, Bern (2010–2012)

Master’s degree in Music: Composition and Theory, Jazz and Media Arts, Hochschule der Künste, Bern (2008–2010)

Postgraduate degree: Composition Classic/Arabic Music, Academy of Arts/Higher Institute of Arabic Music, Cairo (1999–2000)

Bachelor in Music: Composition, Oud and Music Theory, 
Academy of Arts/Higher Institute of Arabic Music Cairo (1993–1998)

Primary and secondary school in Cairo (1983–1992)


Mother: social and pedagogy specialist
Father: flute player and music director of Radio and Television Union Cairo

Younger Brother: violinist and composer
Dream job as an adolescent: Neurosurgeon

Historical Event

Singing a composition of and in front of famous Egyptian composer and singer Mohamed Abdel Wahab (1989) / Egyptian Revolution (2011)

Further Informations

wael-sami.com

Conversation:
Mats Staub, Sandra Gysi, Zurich, 18.06.2017